Cat's Tail Vibrates

United States
January 27, 2007 5:07pm CST
Do you know what causes a cat's tail to vibrate? My cat, Puff, used to vibrate his tail, so we looked up the meaning .. it's interesting. Does your cat's face get a "scrunchy face" when you stroke it under the chin?
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@Kosmos (21)
• Australia
28 Jan 07
My desexed female does the tail vibrating thing, often when purring about my ankles, or when she wants special attention , like she's saying to me "Mummy, MUMMY I need to talk to you now ! !" The whole tail quivers from base to tip and is bolt upright when this is happening. She also rubs the scent glands on her face on my legs while her tail is doing this :S SO I always thought it was an attention thing? ? ?
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Cat's usually vibrate their tales when they are getting attention, or are in expectation of getting attention, from their favorite person.
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28 Jan 07
My female cat vibrates her tail by doors and windows but I didnt think female cats could spray? Not wanting to go in too much detail, but nothing comes out and she doesnt make anything smell unlike some tom cats who spray urine to mark our their territory. Its weird, she doesnt scrunch up her face when she does it though.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Have experienced the tail vibrating and the smug look on a kitty's face when scratched beneath the chin. Hoping you can explain these things so that we can know and act accordingly when they happen. Thought the kitty to be happy when scratched behind the ears and under the chin!?
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Kitties love to be stroked along their chin and jawbone, and seem to make the scrunchy face from the pleasure they get from that petting. The vibrating tale seems to end "happiness" or contentment of getting attention from their favorite person.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
My cat does, he also starts 'scratching' his ear when you pet him under his chin.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Thank-you for participating .. hmmm .. kitty must have an itchy chin.
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@ananth85 (209)
• India
28 Jan 07
Well, i feel that the obvious cause for such a vibration is that the subject ... in this case, a cat, is trying to concentrate on a particular object in the vicinity. eg: squirrel or bird. It is interesting to note that some animals like cats, cows, goats, etc. do the same, to concentrate on something in particular. Well, have you ever noticed in Animal Planet, that a dear vibrates it`s tail in a particular fashion, when it could sense some danger/irritation, close to it?. I think that`s the same reason for your cat`s tail vibration...
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• United States
28 Jan 07
You are getting closer to the answer .. However, when a cat is aggitated, they tend to wave their tail, not vibrate it.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
I think they vibrate because they are tensing up like if you made a fist really tight. Thats what they do when they spray as well only they are not tensing up a fist. lol
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• United States
28 Jan 07
actually, it is about the cat being "happy", not tensing up.
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@tamaco_uk (481)
• Cyprus
28 Jan 07
My cat does that when she is happy and wants it to show
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Which .. vibrating tale .. that makes sense. I think that is the best explanation for the vibrating tale.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
JayTech w/ a vibrating tail... - stray cats logo
I would not have the first clue, but you could ask Jaytech.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Hmmmm .. haven't ever met Jaytech, but I'll be interested to find out if his/her/its answer will be the same as mine.
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@vanities (11340)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Jan 07
nope i dont..coz i dont have any pets..im allergic to hairy animals..but still i would like to know why..can you tell me then...??
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Let's see if someone has the answer first.
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@Rosepetal (352)
• United States
27 Jan 07
I've had many cats and can only comment through experience with them. I had a male cat that was neutered, and every once in a while he would back up to my wall unit with his tail erect and I would watch his tail vibrate. Even though he was neutered, he was still able to spray (which was what he was doing). As far as the "scrunchy face" goes -- my cat's face gets like this every time I stroke it under the chin. I love the scrunchy face look.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I'm not even going to try to understand what your cat was doing. Thanks for participating.
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@sedel1027 (17873)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Our female cat does this normally when she is looking out the window at the squirrels or birds and making her cray squirrel noise. I think all cats scrunch up their face when you scratch under their chin.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
So, in that case, your cat is doing something (or "thinking about doing something") that she enjoys doing ..that is one thing that a cat will vibrate its tail about. Thanks for confirming about the scrunchy face.
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14 Feb 07
awwww thats sweet! the name of your kitty Puff! after Puff the Magic Dragon, or was he a little Puff ball, awwwwwww pictures please. I didn't know their tail vibrates and I don't have a kitty.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
Mr. Cream Puff. He was a orange tiger, but the orange was more of a champagne color.
• United States
16 Feb 07
I agree a picture would be nice, especially since hearing the better description. I love the pale colors cats can be!
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@chargoans (942)
• United States
16 Feb 07
You know I have noticed my male neutered cat vibrates his tail a lot. It is during different activities. Sometimes when he is practicing his favorite hobby, looking out the window, his tail will vibrate. There are other times he does it when he's coming out of his litter box. And still there are other times that he will do it if you are playing with him. I have never noticed it to occur when he swishes his tail after obtaining a target, whether in front of him or outside the window. Scrunchy face is the face of immense pleasure and I swear I think at that moment, they think that they have you under their control. :-)
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• United States
16 Feb 07
OK, everyone .. I uploaded Puff's picture both to the Cats category and to my personal photos. He's a beautiful cat.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I do not really know what causes it and our cat does not do that. So, I've never seen a cat do that before.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
It seems to happen when a cat is close to their favorite person(s). It doesn't happen all the time .. just seems to happen when they are particularly content.